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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – October 25 2018 Editor’s Note: Here below is a list of the main issues currently under discussion in New Zealand and links to media coverage. [caption id="attachment_297" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The Beehive and Parliament Buildings.[/caption] National Party, political finance Michael Macaulay (Stuff): Line between political access and political influence is porous Simon Chapple (The Conversation): New Zealand politics: foreign donations and political influence Bryce Edwards (Newsroom): State funding of parties is bad for democracy Herald Editorial: Complete public funding of parties would be a big step Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Where’s the scandal in political donations? 1News: Seven Sharp: How much influence do foreign donors have in Kiwi politics? John Anthony (Stuff): Police approach Electoral Commission following Jami-Lee Ross complaint 1News: Greens’ Marama Davidson wants political donation system changed – ‘We’re a bit open for corruption’ RNZ: Greens urge political donation reform Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Isn’t it time to seriously consider making Political Parties taxpayer funded? No Right Turn: A reason to support public funding of political parties Nicky Hager (Spinoff): Dirty Politics, 2018:Nicky Hager assesses the Jami-Lee Ross saga David Fisher (Herald): National’s leader Simon Bridges rings Dirty Politics blogger to talk Jami-Lee Ross Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern thinks MPs can ‘shift the dial’ – but is it too late? Peter Dunne (Newsroom): Serious questions amid salacious gossip Merepeka Raukawa-Tait (Rotorua Daily Post): What we can learn from the Jami-Lee Ross saga Southland Times Editorial: Another issue arises from the Ross case Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Could the Spinoff be possibly wrong about JLR? Maybe? Gordon Campbell: On what the polls say about National’s leadership Michael Daly (Stuff): Bridges says he’s doing a good job as leader, despite poll drop Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Senior National MP sets ultimatum for Simon Bridges Point of Order: Down but not out – Bridges can take heart from Jim Bolger’s poll experience Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Simon Bridges needs to call the hazmat team and order a full scale clean-out Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): New Zealand’s scandal-hit National party to investigate safety of female workers Leith Huffadine (Stuff): How Parliament can put pressure on MPs’ mental health Herald: New Zealand’s rules for detaining someone mentally unwell against their will Kyle MacDonald (Herald): Jami-Lee Ross and New Zealand’s need for compassion 1News: Simon Bridges insists there’s been no ‘weaponising’ of Jami-Lee Ross infidelity allegations Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Former independent MP’s advice for Jami-Lee Ross Fuel taxes and petrol prices Jason Walls (Herald): Not telling Shane Jones about ruling out new regional fuel taxes a ‘glitch on our part’ says Transport Minister Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Regional fuel tax off the table: Local government wants alternatives Newshub: Borrowing, road tolls better than taxes – Infrastructure NZ Newshub: Jacinda Ardern’s climate change crusade ‘nothing but hot air’ – Ryan Bridge Richard Harman (Politik): Beleaguered Bridges revels in Ardern backdown Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Leadership locked into a single issue Claire Trevett (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern’s fuel tax moment delights National’s Bridges, surprise for Shane Jones Emma Hatton (RNZ): ‘There will be no other regional fuel taxes while I am Prime Minister’ Alice Webb-LIddall (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern promises no more fuel taxes while she’s Prime Minister Thomas Manch and Collette Devlin (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern rules out more regional fuel taxes Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Ardern rules out regional fuel taxes beyond Auckland while she’s PM Jason Walls (Herald): National hits back at Prime Minister for making up ‘policy on the hoof’ Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Government slams ‘mischief-making’, ‘desperate’ Simon Bridges over fuel tax claims Melanie Earley, Todd Niall and Dileepa Fonsenka (Stuff): Regional fuel tax wouldn’t work outside Auckland, AA says Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Law change clears way for Commerce Commission probe into fuel prices Jason Walls and Derek Cheng (Herald): New law means competition regulator can now investigate fuel companies 1News: Poll: Rising petrol costs causing Kiwis to cut back on driving and essential spending 1News: Families face stark choice between filling up their car or their kids’ bellies, budgeting service says Migrant exploitation, employment MIchael Morrah (Newshub): ‘Abuse of power’: Immigration Minister fumes over overseas students’ treatment Katie Scotcher (RNZ): ‘We still have some old, inherited cultures of power’ Matthew Ronsenberg (Stuff): Unsuccessful female candidate told store opted for ‘physically strong’ male Government Jane Patterson (RNZ): One Year On: Rating the government’s performance Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): One Year On: Māori remain optimistic under Labour-led Government Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Coalition has held together and prospered Peter Dunne: NZ First and Greens move to promote their brands more vigorously Stuff: Jacinda Ardern on Clarke Gayford going back to work: ‘We’re just making it work’ Newshub: ‘We’re making it work’: Jacinda Ardern discusses Clarke Gayford’s return to work Parliament Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Parliament workplace culture needs “tidy-up” – CultureSafe Laura Wiltshire (Hawkes Bay Today): Claims of voter suppression in Flaxmere go to Parliament Daniela Maoate-Cox (RNZ): 100 years of Parliament’s debating chamber OIA David Fisher (Herald): OIA inquiry launched after lobby group exposed using false names to get information No Right Turn: Looking into it II Refugees, foreign affairs, defence AAP: Australia later blocking entry of asylum seekers accepted by NZ risks undermining all Kiwis’ rights: Winston Peters RNZ: NZ confirms refugee offer is 150 each year Herald: Nauru refugees would be screened before coming to NZ Nina Hall (Stuff): Seeking a broader debate on New Zealand’s role in the world Philip Matthew (Stuff): Give the peace unit a chance Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Push for peace from new foreign policy body Herald: Defence Ministers of US, Russia, Japan and New Zealand respond to the ‘scourge of terrorism’ Primary industries Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Free range meat chicken claims fail to stack up Stuff: New Zealand’s chicken industry in six graphs RNZ: Mycoplasma bovis eradication cost split still undecided Guy Trafford (Interest): How our current struggle with mycoplasma bovis compares with how others have tackled major animal disease outbreaks RNZ: NZ patrols find no serious fisheries offending 1News: Over keen fishers stung with $4000 in fines after taking undersized fish Mike Chapman (Newshub): Horticulture on a roll Environment and conservation Dominic Harris (Stuff): $3500 bill for every household in small-town New Zealand to fix ageing wastewater plants Gavin Evans (Newsroom): Costs of improved waste treatment RNZ: Carbon neutral project in Southland wins government funding Māori TV: Landmark court decision to protect Westport Water Conservation Reserve RNZ: Fixing Te Mata Peak’s contentious track could cost $1m Chris Harrowell (Stuff): Water quality alert at south Auckland’s Weymouth Beach lifted after 18 years Dave De Lorean and Leith Huffadine (Stuff): We’re interrupting dolphins’ downtime, and it’s wearing them out Luke Appleby (1News): DOC investigating after leopard seal found dead with suspected gunshot wound near Bluff Treaty claims Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): ‘It’s theft’: Government faces decade in court over Māori water rights David Rankin (Herald): Ngāpuhi will never settle Treaty claims on today’s procedure Health Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Median length of stay in a rest home for someone receiving govt funding is just 1.7 years Nicholas Jones (Herald): ‘Through the cracks’: 11-year-old loses sight waiting for treatment Eva Corlett (RNZ): Anonymous letter reopens inquest into medical student’s death nine years later Ruby Macandrew (Stuff): Calls for Pharmac review after funds made available to offset wage settlements Mike Houlahan (ODT): Hep C drug delay confirmed Katy Jones (Stuff): Mental health nurse says return of attacker shows victims’ rights ignored Rachael Kelly (Stuff):Southland anaesthetic technicians give notice of strike action Esther Taunton (Stuff): Study links glyphosate to antibiotic resistance Paul Elias (Stuff): Cancer ruling against Monsanto weed killer Roundup is upheld in US Education Jessica Long (Stuff): Schools not quick enough to recruit teachers, claims Education Minister Chris Hipkins Herald: More than 2000 applications for New Zealand teaching jobs John Lewis (ODT): Teacher shortage looming in South Simon Collins (Herald): Ōtāhuhu College closes activity centre for at-risk teens after damning ERO report Jessica Long (Stuff): Victoria University name change decision could be ‘legally challenged’, minister says Media and broadcasting Damien Venuto (Herald): TVNZ may charge Kiwis for online TV next year Herald: NZME and Stuff won’t challenge Court of Appeal media merger decision BusinessDesk: NZME and Stuff pull plug on merger RNZ: NZME gives up on plans to merge with Stuff RNZ: Reporter wins award for stories on Lake Alice mental hospital Transport Phil Pennington (RNZ): Auckland MP wants answers over brake test failings Damian George (Stuff): Ōtaki to north of Levin highway gets green light following Government review RNZ: Wellington bus drivers begin indefinite strike 1News: Nineteen Wellington bus drivers go on strike, disruption ‘minimal’ Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): Tranzurban asks for mediation as it seeks agreement with Wellington bus drivers RNZ: Two injuries a day after e-scooters sent out on streets Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Road or footpath? The official ruling on where Limes should be used Cameron Smith (Herald): Auckland public sees red as concerns grow around the safety of Lime e-scooters Police Astrid Austin (Hawkes Bay Today): Skype a cop: The new crime-fighting technique being trialled in Waipukurau 1News: Watch: NZ Police release another big-budget recruitment ad, laden with Kiwi humour Scott Palmer (Newshub): Watch: NZ Police release hilarious new recruitment video Auckland Phil Twyford (Herald): Light rail will serve Auckland commuters as well as the airport Peter Williams (Herald): That sinking feeling about a new Auckland waterfront stadium Geoff Cooper (Herald): Why Auckland’s growth is wavering Trade Jason Walls and Derek Cheng (Herald): Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal passes third reading Collette Devlin (Stuff): CPTPP trade deal one step closer as amendment bill passes third reading Legal profession Tom Hunt (Stuff): New NZ Law Society president enters amid #Metoo turmoil Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): NZ Law Society elects first woman of Pacific descent as president Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Law firm offers staff extra six weeks of paid parental leave Steel & Tube fined Phil Pennington (RNZ): Steel & Tube says its conduct was ‘unintentional’ after record fine RNZ: Steel and Tube fined a record $1.9m for ‘grossly negligent’ conduct Megan Sutherland (Newshub): Steel and Tube fined $1.8 million for misleading public over earthquake strenghtening mesh Other Paula Penfold and Eugene Bingham (Stuff): Privacy commissioner recommends Serco could be liable for damages over missing video of beaten prisoner Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Employers should have to pay KiwiSaver for over 65s – academic Pattrick Smellie (Stuff): Giving oxygen to hydrogen Gerald Piddock (Stuff): Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford announces 175 Kiwibuild homes for Waikato town Laura Walters (Newsroom): Has NZ got the balance right on free speech? Amy Williams (RNZ): Hobson’s Pledge receives apology: ‘We are not racist and we are not anti-Māori’ RNZ: NZ moves up to second place on riskiest country rankings Tamsyn Parker (Herald): ‘NZ second riskiest country for insurance’: global research Gareth Vaughan (Interest): MBIE strongly opposed to the introduction of a comprehensive creditor licensing regime as part of government’s loan shark crackdown BusinessDesk: Govt Minister Kris Faafoi tweaks legislation and protect Kiwis from bill shock Susan Edmunds (Stuff): How Kiwis get into mega debt trouble Jo LInes-MacKenzie (Stuff): Street’s recycling dumped in rubbish truck  Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Only 1.5% of Te Papa’s collection on display John Tamihere (Herald): Milestones that shaped our nation RNZ: Water filter firm sold $12m of units with unsubstantiated claims Conan Young (RNZ): Quake-damaged homes a rich resource for some RNZ: NZ investigation into needles in strawberries closes without arrest RNZ: NZ Cycle Trail to get $770k upgrade Mere McLean (Māori TV): Reviving the Tokelauan language 1News: Georgina Beyer follows footsteps of political giants, speaking at Oxford Union Tracey Roxburgh (ODT): Public outcry leads to U-turn on freedom camping plans RNZ: Consumer spending growth rate outpaces Australia Hinemoa Elder (Stuff): My Mum’s generation was strapped at school for speaking our language]]>